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New i20 Cross has highs and lows

Looks the part, but i20 Cross won't be going off-road. Or anywhere fast, really.

Has Hyundai focused too much on low-tech rivals with the new i20?

Tiny toy trucks tow real-sized Hilux video

A full-sized Toyota Hilux is towed by 15 tiny remote-controlled toys.

How many remote control cars does it take to pull a real car?

Highlander gets a taste of Lexus

The "nose ring" grille has gone. But the big change for Highlander is under the bonnet. This is the entry GX model.

Smooth new engine and transmission will make for sweet ride to the ski field.

Four unlucky number for i20 Cross

Cross version of i20 rides 20mm higher and wears chunky body bits. Same underneath, though.

Hyundai's new baby-SUV is an appealing car that desperately needs another gear and another Ancap star.

Outlander not for outlaws

Latest Outlander VRX is quieter, smoother and more sophisticated. But where's the passion?

The "teeny" years have not treated the Outlander well.

How Chinese van-maker LDV is chasing McLaren

That's a left-hook T60 ute, but the location is Lake Taupo. Kiwi-market RHD versions will be launched in July.

LDV makes vans. But now, it also makes a one-tonne ute and it's headed for NZ,

Where movie-magic is made

Navajo sandstone of Zion provided the backdrop for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. And our Land Rover.

Discovering the road to Little Hollywood, Utah... Hollywood, Utah that is.

Aussies make a better Ram video

Ram is actually twice-made for NZ: one in Mexico, again for RHD in Melbourne.

For the few who must have an American-sized pickup, the Ram 2500 is here.

AMG ute unlikely video

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Concept ute on display at the 2017 Geneva auto show.

German brand dismisses possibility of high-performance pick-up.

SUV is perfect for attention seekers

Hello high style, goodbye rear headroom, bootspace... and another $9k. But buyers love Merc's SUV-coupes.

Women obviously see both something-sexy and something-safe when they view machines like the GLC 250 coupe.

Jeep Grand Cherokee added to Trail mix

Air suspension is standard on Trailhawk; gives up to 275mm of ground clearance.

The hero model of the 2017 Grand Cherokee range is the rugged Trailhawk. Jeep wants you to get it dirty. No, really.

Holden's Trax gets a makeover

Pert styling was always a feature of Trax. With turbo engine now standard, you get pert performance as well.

Small SUVs are the hottest thing since Viagra. Enter the new turbo-petrol Trax.

Mitsubishi may revive Ralliart

Forget sedans. Eclipse Cross SUV is most likely candidate for Ralliart treatment.

There's no point clinging to the idea of a sporty Mitsubishi sedan. But we might see a Ralliart-tuned baby-SUV.

Meet Zoe, Renault's electric hatchback video

The Renault Zoe e-sport concept car was revealed at the 2017 Geneva motor show.

What do you get if you cross a city-sized hatchback with Renault Sport and Formula E racing?

Porsche's plans for battery power

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller and Hesse's state Premier Volker Bouffier look at the ...

Porsche hasn't even released the Mission-E but it's already planning a full range of electric cars.

Ancient Mitsubishi still selling well

ASX has gained Mitsubishi's "dynamic shield" frontal styling. But not much has changed from there back.

Mitsubishi's smallest SUV is no spring chicken. But it's still the most popular model in its segment.

A Hilux for townies video

Blacked-out grille and nudge bar look the part - and they do counter the Hilux's unfortunate boat-shaped nose.

Safe to say this isn't going off-road: meet Toyota's dressed-up Hilux, the TRD.

Muddy thinking around S-Cross

More upright front section adds visual height to S-Cross, although it's actually no taller. Unless you lie down.

It's not easy living in the shadow of a glamorous sibling. Just ask the Suzuki S-Cross.

Up and down for Porsche SUV

New bookends for Macan range: $110k four-cylinder (left) and the $180k Turbo Performance Package (right).

Porsche has made its Macan both much more accessible and a tiny bit bonkers. But not in the same package.

Peugeot SUV bags big award video

The Peugeot 3008 has won Europe's car of the year award.

Peugeot SUV wins top European motoring award on same day parent company buys Opel/Vauxhall from GM.

Nissan X-Trail has gone to the dogs video

Cargo compartment kitted up with no-spill water bowl and heating system. Plus dog-cam with audio link. Woof.

Four-legged family members are the priority for new SUV concept.

Flawed Maserati still bella, bella

Is Levante the only ''proper'' Italian SUV you can buy in NZ at the moment? We think so. But more are coming.

Maserati's luxury SUV will sell well despite a few flaws.

Porsche's Panamera wagon

At the rear, Sport Turismo roof extends into an adaptive spoiler that can adjust to three different angles.

Sport Turismo adds a touch of old-school estate car to Porsche's luxury sedan.

Toyota C-HR small but strong in crash test video

Radical-looking C-HR compact-SUV will be launched in April. But it's already had the thumbs-up from ANCAP.

Toyota's baby SUV gets five stars from Ancap.

Range Rover delivers new model gallery video

The Range Rover Velar.

Expect to see the fourth member of the Range Rover family in New Zealand before the end of 2017.

PSA unveils DS7 Crossback SUV

PSA's new DS7 Crossback SUV.

French carmaker unveils its new SUV as it looks to turn around the performance of its DS brand.

Mitsi SUV gets a little sporty

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Mitsubishi reveals critical new compact SUV.

Discovery no longer Marmite car video

Let it hang here and you can still open/close doors and operate the tailgate. Yes, we tried it.

UPDATED: The new Discovery has taken a big step up in sophistication, but the price has gone with it.

Ford Escapes Kuga name video

The new Ford Escape poses at the entrance to Melbourne's historic Luna Park.

Goodbye Kuga - hello Escape with Ford confident new SUV will appeal more to young motorists on the family merry-go-round.

A tale of horsepower

The Audi SQ7 parked at Woodville racecourse.

We take the Audi SQ7 to the races, and talk horse power.

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